Genprex Announces Selection of Preclinical Data for Oral Presentation at 16th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes
January 4, 2023
Exciting Data from University of Pittsburgh Researchers in Non Human Primates that Underpins Genprex’s Gene Therapy Program in Diabetes to be Showcased
AUSTIN, Texas — (January 4, 2023) — Genprex, Inc. (“Genprex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing therapies for patients with cancer and diabetes, today announced that its research collaborators at the University of Pittsburgh will present preclinical data highlighting the therapeutic potential of Genprex’s gene therapy for Type 1 diabetes at the 16th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD 2023) being held February 22-25 in Berlin, Germany and online.
“ATTD 2023 presents an ideal opportunity for the results of this important study to be presented to the diabetes community. The data further support the potential of Genprex’s novel gene therapy being developed for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes to change the trajectory of this devastating disease,” said Mark Berger, MD, Genprex’s Chief Medical Officer. “Using the expression of Pdx1 and MafA transcription factors, this approach has been shown first in mice and then in non human primate studies to lead to the creation of new beta-like cells that produce insulin and may provide long-term replacement of beta-cells.”
The diabetes gene therapy approach is comprised of a novel infusion process that uses endoscopic delivery of an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector to bring therapeutic genes directly to the pancreas. In models of Type 1 diabetes, these genes express proteins that transform alpha cells in the pancreas into functional beta-like cells, which can produce insulin but are distinct enough from beta cells to evade the body’s immune system. In Type 2 diabetes, where autoimmunity is not at play, it is believed that using a similar approach the exhausted beta cells will be rejuvenated and replenished.
Abstract Number: 203
Abstract Title: Pancreatic Intraductal Infusion of Adeno-Associated Virus To Treat Non-Human Primates in a Toxin-Induced Diabetes Model
Format: Oral Presentation
Presenter: Ranjeet Kalsi, DO, representing the laboratory of George Gittes, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Time/Date: 1:45 pm Central European Standard Time on Saturday, February 25, 2023
About Genprex, Inc.
Genprex, Inc. is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on developing life-changing therapies for patients with cancer and diabetes. Genprex’s technologies are designed to administer disease-fighting genes to provide new therapies for large patient populations with cancer and diabetes who currently have limited treatment options. Genprex works with world-class institutions and collaborators to develop drug candidates to further its pipeline of gene therapies in order to provide novel treatment approaches. Genprex’s oncology program utilizes its proprietary, non-viral ONCOPREX® Nanoparticle Delivery System, which the Company believes is the first systemic gene therapy delivery platform used for cancer in humans. ONCOPREX encapsulates the gene-expressing plasmids using lipid nanoparticles. The resultant product is administered intravenously, where it is then taken up by tumor cells that express tumor suppressor proteins that are deficient in the body. The Company’s lead product candidate, REQORSA® (quaratusugene ozeplasmid), is being evaluated as a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (with each of these clinical programs receiving a Fast Track Designation from the Food and Drug Administration) and for small cell lung cancer. Genprex’s diabetes gene therapy approach is comprised of a novel infusion process that uses an endoscope and an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector to deliver Pdx1 and MafA genes to the pancreas. In models of Type 1 diabetes, the genes express proteins that transform alpha cells in the pancreas into functional beta-like cells, which can produce insulin but are distinct enough from beta cells to evade the body’s immune system. In a similar approach used in Type 2 diabetes, where autoimmunity is not at play, it is believed that exhausted beta cells are rejuvenated and replenished.
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